The birds are chirping, flowers are blooming, and you’re stuck inside just about ready to end it all. Your eyes are burning insufferably, your throat is itching and you just can’t seem to get a break. What could be causing this turmoil?
You stay inside thinking you are safe, but you may not have even considered the indoor allergens that can still cause you misery.
The most common source of indoor allergens, as you may have guessed, is none other than our pets. As much as we love our furry friends they can be detrimental to our health. Pets carry a major irritant known as pet dander, which is shed skin cells.
To combat this avoid pets with feathers and fur. Some animals are considered “hypoallergenic”, meaning their skin dander contains lower levels of allergenic proteins. This would be a good option for those of us that suffer from allergies. Some examples would be a Sphynx, or hairless cat, a naked mole rat or something along those lines.
For those who have a furry friend in place already, or plan to, the best you can do is keep on top of maintaining allergen levels.
You can do this by ensuring you have proper ventilation and air conditioning systems in place to purify the air. The best way to achieve constant pure air is by using a professional service like Prime Air. Especially if you have an older system that needs to be updated, or worse yet, do not have a system in place at all.
Your air conditioning and ventilation play a major part in flushing allergens out of your home.
If you are not able to eliminate the sources of an allergen it is best to keep them contained as much as possible. Do this by keeping bedroom doors closed so pets don’t enter. This keeps your sleep space clear.
Not many people know this but flea feces are also known as a direct irritant, so keep those pets very clean. Regular trimming and bathing is highly recommended.
Another tip is to keep windows and doors shut, particularly if you live in areas with a lot of pollen. Vacuuming your home regularly is also essential in keeping the levels of pollen and pet dander down.
Other indoor allergens include mold and dust mites. Using air conditioning helps with these two problems by controlling dust mites and lowering the humidity in the home which fights the development of mold.
Keep an eye out for mold and keep damp areas dry to prevent mold formation. If mold does form, be sure to clean the area thoroughly and regularly to avoid it returning.
One thing you must keep high on your priority list is to stay on top of your pest control!
As if you needed another reason to hate roaches, their droppings are also known as a direct irritant to allergies. The best solution for these pests seems to be boric acid. Stay away from chemicals, as these too may irritate your allergies.
Following these tips should definitely help to reduce the indoor allergens in your home and make your life that much more pleasant.